December 24th, 2006


Upgrade time ...

On Friday I gave my computer a little Christmas present, an upgrade from 1Gb to 2Gb. This was mainly driven by the way that Firefox seems to hover around 600-800Mb memory used (ok, I do have three windows open with about 120 tabs between them), which doesn't leave much for other apps. At the moment, "other apps" includes Gimp, which I'm using to scan medium format negatives (coming in at 7200x7200 and 150Mb each), which chews up memory quite greedily too. I suspect I've also got used to having 2Gb on my work laptop, on which I run zillions of apps quite happily.

Anyway, prompted by a recent post where someone listed the specs of the various laptops she's owned, here's a trip down memory lane and the specs of the various PCs I've had at home :

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To summarise: Everything is from 1000-100000 times faster/larger/shinier now than when I started with computers. It might seem that display technology has stalled a bit in the last few years, but that's because I haven't listed 3D performance in the table - that's where all of the recent gains have been.
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